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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Different kinds of suet feeders

Suet feeders attract a variety of bug eating birds like woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, wrens and warblers. Suet is one of the top foods to feed wild birds. Birds have high metabolic rates, so it is not unusual for birds to consume 1/4 to 1/3 their body weight worth of food a day!

There are several styles of suet feeders from which to choose:

1. Basic Suet Cage: Vinyl-coated wire cages are inexpensive but durable. They can be hung by a chain, screwed to a feeder or EZ attached directly to the Advanced Pole System.

2. WBU Recycled Plastic Tail Prop Suet Feeder lets birds eat in a natural way. The paddle simulates a tree trunk and offers birds a place to prop their tail while they feed. Even the Pileated Woodpecker's huge frame will fit on our feeder. Recycled Plastic feeders are environmentally friendly, high quality products that are made from recycled plastic milk jugs. They won't rot, crack, fade or warp like wood can and are easy to fill and clean. They also come with lifetime guarantees. And of course they are made in the USA!

3. Upside-Down Suet Feeder: If you have starlings hogging your suet, turn their world upside-down. Our Recycled Plastic Upside-Down Suet Feeder is designed to allow birds to feed from below. This is a comfortable way for woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees and other clinging birds to feed but difficult for starlings.

4. Caged squirrel/blackbird proof suet feeder: Suet feeder that limits the access to only small birds and birds that can feed upside down like woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, and titmice. The 1 inch-diameter cage keeps out squirrels and blackbirds. Springs hold the top down so squirrels can't lift it open while the smaller woodpeckers, as well as chickadees and nuthatches, can easily fit through the mesh to dine on the suet inside. It holds up to two suet cakes.

5. Suet log feeder: What could be more natural than a suet feeder made from a White Cedar Log? Birds think they have found a hollow tree full of treats! Simply hang, fill with your favorite suet plugs and watch the woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees take turns enjoying the feast.

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